Ongoing Events & Groups
The Dharma Center offers open practice programs and kalyana mitta groups (spiritual friends) that are open to those with particular affinities, such as specific age groups or identities.
The following programs are offered on the basis of dana, a practice of mutual generosity that has been alive since the time of the Buddha.
There is no fee for participating in these programs. (There are, however, fees for daylong retreats and classes—as well as ample scholarships.) We invite our practitioners to offer a donation in the baskets by the door to the meditation hall.
“We pay attention with respect and interest, so we may understand what is true. And seeing what is true, the heart becomes free.”
Regular Weekly and Monthly Groups
Monday Evening Sitting Meditation & Dharma Talk >>
Our Monday night sit is the Dharma Center’s most popular offering. After a short period of announcements, there is a 35-minute sitting meditation, followed by a dharma talk offered by a member of our Dharma Council or a guest speaker. Time: Every Monday, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday Evening Sitting Meditation & Short Reading >>
Our Thursday night sit includes a 45-minute sitting meditation and, occasionally, a reading offered by a senior student. This program is typically quieter than the Monday night sit. Time: Every Thursday, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Friday Afternoon Dharma >>
This hour-long program includes a 30-minute sitting meditation and a short dharma reflection offered by a member of our Dharma Council or a special guest. Time: Select Fridays, Noon to 1:00 p.m. For a current schedule, please click here
Sati Sundays >>
Sati is the word for mindfulness in Pali, the language of the Buddha. This Sunday morning program includes a 45-minute sitting meditation, readings on Buddhist topics, and discussion. Katherine Barr, one of our community dharma elders, facilitates our Sati Sundays. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-769-3417 for any questions. Time: Second and Fourth Sundays, 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. (Occasionally daylong or weekend retreats are held on Sundays instead of this offering. Please double-check our calendar.)
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People of Color Sangha >>
The People of Color Sangha is a new group at the Dharma Center that welcomes anyone identifying as a person of color to gather together in sangha. Sangha is the ancient Pali word for community — community connected by a shared intention to explore and deepen in the Buddhist-based practices of mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion. By practicing together and honoring our shared experience in a safe and welcoming space, we have the opportunity to cultivate this spiritual path and explore how these powerful teachings of the heart relate to our everyday lives and lived experience. This group’s meetings include a meditation and dharma discussion facilitated by Yong Oh, a community dharma leader and retreat-teacher-in-training. For more information and to sign up for the email list, please email Yong at email@example.com.
Time: Select Sundays, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
We honor all of the diverse and beautiful ways we humans practice and express our need to love and be loved, to be happy, to be safe, and to hold ourselves and each other with compassion and kindness. We are reaching out to the Durango Dharma Center sangha to invite all folks who claim an LGBTQI identity to join us in building a safe sanctuary in which we can practice sitting meditation, share our stories, and discuss how the Dharma shows up in our lives. We also hope to explore ways to take our practice off the cushion and become engaged in social justice issues of concern to us rainbow people. Time: First and Third Tuesdays, of every month, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Extended Practice >>
This program is designed for meditators who wish to practice in longer periods of silence. This small group does a sitting meditation for 45 minutes, walking meditation for 20 minutes, and sitting meditation for another 45 minutes. Time: First, Third and Fifth Sundays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and third Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Spiritual Friends (Kalyana Mitta) Groups
The Buddha greatly emphasized the importance of spiritual friendship in supporting our spiritual development. In spiritual friends (kalyana mitta) groups, practitioners come together to study a particular topic or in support and friendship around common life experiences such as age groups or other identities. The groups offer a beautiful opportunity to practice more deeply together. The Dharma Center’s kalyana mitta groups are typically led by peer facilitators, and facilitators are mentored by a member of the Dharma Council.
Recovery & Mindfulness Group
This group is composed of people who want to be free from addiction as well as those who know and care for them. In this group, we explore how the path of recovery intersects with the practice of mindfulness through the lens of our current experience and the practice of meditation. Most of our members also belong to other recovery groups, such as AA, Al-Anon, Young People in Recovery, and Mindfulness in Recovery. While these other groups generally encourage discussion about stories and past experiences in some detail, our group emphasizes current experience and insight. As a group, we aim to practice humility in the sense that we don’t have answers to every question. We are here to be present together and to share the answers that work for us in our personal journey. All are welcome at our meetings. During these gatherings, which are online during the pandemic, always feel free to reach out to us through the chat box on Zoom if you are interested in more information or resources. Please type in your email and phone number, and one of our facilitators will reach out after the meeting. For a list of community resources available right now, please click here. Time: Sundays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Senior Generation Group (Sen Gen)
The Sen Gen group is open to all spiritual friends ages 60 years or older with an interest in learning and contributing to discussions about the “three heavenly messengers” of aging, illness, and death. Topics range from aging well to passing on legacies and planning for death with worst- and best-case scenarios. The safety and security of the group allows practitioners to contemplate these and other topics with clarity and depth. The group uses discussion, working in dyads/triads, and journaling. A dozen facilitators take turns organizing and moderating the sessions, and the group is mentored by Katherine Barr. For more information or to join the Sen Gen email list, please contact Ellen Park at firstname.lastname@example.org. Time: Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. There are no meetings in August.
Middle Generation Group (Mid Gen)
Our Mid Gen group is open to anyone who identifies as being “midlife,” regardless of specific age. (If you feel too old for Next Gen and too young for Sen Gen, Mid Gen is for you!) This group practices a brief sitting meditation followed by explorations of spiritual practice and navigating this unique stage of life. Each meeting begins with a different topic or theme. For more information or to join the Mid Gen email list, please contact Myah Lee at email@example.com. Time: Third Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Next Generation Mindfulness Group (Next Gen)
Next Gen is a group for people in their 20s and 30s. These hour-long meetings include a short sitting meditation, reflection, and sharing. The group often goes out to a local restaurant afterwards to continue our conversations. All young (ish) people are welcome! For more information or to join the Next Gen email list, please contact Liz Cosgrove at firstname.lastname@example.org. Time: Second Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.